In most cases the successes are small, steady, incremental, but sustainable. Gloria, an entrepreneur of the Wayuu indigenous group, is perhaps the biggest success story. She was selling tomatoes on the streets of Santa Marta when she received her first loan and several years later her photo was in the newspaper showing her wares to Hillary Clinton in Cartagena (Link to all of Gloria's story here).
In larger settlements it is difficult to assess the impact of TCP Global micro-loans on the community, but in Kabey Fo, Niger, home to 200 Malian refugee families, the impact of the loan program is evident.
Linda Eastman, co-founder of the Casa Colibri Clinic, along with her husband, Jay, used the Casa Colibri FACEBOOK Page to tell her program’s supporters about the contribution by TCP Global.
TCP expanded into Nepal in January 2020. Eleven borrowers received loans in January 2020 and paid the amount plus interest back in full in July 2020. Each member purchased between 350 and 500 kg of seed with the loan for a total of 4,600 kg; this investment will yield approximately 25,000 kg of food from the harvest. For more information on the Nepal program, please see the case study at this link.
The typical progress of TCP Global loan recipients involves keeping children in school, improving the health and safety of the family, home ownership, business expansion, personal empowerment, qualifying for bank loans. All of these are steps out of extreme poverty and indicative of sustainable advancement.